Jones, exposed to “unidentified experimental material” in a car accident as a teen, can hoist a car and can leap several stories high (although no flying … yet). She claims her laser eyes can melt a human but seems to be kidding about that.
Both women have past traumas. Supergirl’s parents are dead; she struggled with going public as a hero but decided to, in her words, “come out.” Jones previously did the evil bidding of mind-controlling villain Kilgrave, leaving her with PTSD. She uses alcohol to ease her pain but never gets woozy, so maybe that’s another superpower.
On the fashion front, Supergirl wears a flouncy skirt and tights, which one character compares (quite accurately) to a rejected figure skater’s get-up. Jones opts for a tank top and old jeans, which she never appears to launder.
Personality-wise Supergirl is cheery and sweet. Jones must drink vinegar as well as whiskey to cough up so much sarcasm: “Massages make me tense!”
Optimists will love Supergirl. Pessimists will be drawn to Jones. But here’s the thing about TV shows: Everything must change. Sunny “Supergirl” is likely to go darker with the revelation that her foster dad perished while working for a secret government agency. And hardboiled Jones confesses her greatest weakness is “Occasionally I give a damn.”
Who knows, maybe she’ll start whistling while she tipples.
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